Now through Sept. 9, Pellissippi State Community College will host the “Eight Artists of the Vacuum Shop Studios” exhibit in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The exhibit features artists from Knoxville’s collaboratively-run Vacuum Shop Studios: Eleanor Aldrich, Heather Hartman, Kelly Hider, Ashton Ludden, Erin Mullenex, Chelsie Nunn, Deb Rule and Jessie Van der Laan. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 4-7 p.m., Sept. 9. The exhibit is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual series that includes music and theatre performances, international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions are open for Pellissippi State Community College’s upcoming production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.”
Auditions will be held from 6:30-10 p.m., Aug. 29 and 30, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Auditions are open to the community and will be held for 13 roles, all within the 20- to 30-year-old age range, all ethnicities and including a mix of male and female roles.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a satirical emo rock musical and dramatized retelling of the controversial presidency of Andrew Jackson. The play, by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers, discusses the role of populism in the actions of America’s seventh president and draws parallels to today’s political climate.
The play’s performance dates are Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Rehearsals will be held in the evenings and on weekends. More information about auditions and rehearsals is available at www.facebook.com/pstcctheatre.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is one of the events that make up Pellissippi State’s arts series, The Arts at Pellissippi State. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc/edu/arts or call 865-694-6400.
Pellissippi State Community College’s Marketing and Communications Office recently earned national recognition for poster design in the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations Paragon Awards.
Pellissippi State earned a Silver Award for the design of a poster for “She Kills Monsters,” a play by Qui Nguyen that premiered last fall at the college. The poster depicted the dragon Tiamat, a classic villain in the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, which was a central tenet of the play.
Pellissippi State was the only college in Tennessee to earn a Paragon Award from NCMPR this year. NCMPR presented gold, silver and bronze awards in 53 categories at the Paragon Awards dinner and ceremony in March. Some 236 colleges submitted a total of 1,773 entries to the contest.
“I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons since I was a kid, so when this project came my way I couldn’t wait to get started,” said designer Mark Friebus, creative project coordinator at Pellissippi State. “I initially wanted to mimic the iconic art from the game, but ultimately was inspired to make something completely original that could stand on its own as art.”
Friebus drew all of the poster elements by hand, including the female figure, the dragon, the clouds and the flames.
The poster’s fantastical quality is continued through the use of bizarre colors in the purple clouds and orange ground, pulling the viewer into a strange and colorful fantasy land. Extending the female figure’s shadows — as well as the shadows of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons dice — not only creates depth within the poster, but reinforces the sense of struggle between the female figure and the dragon.
NCMPR annually presents Paragon Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in communication at community and technical colleges. It’s the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year community and technical colleges.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/mc or call 865-694-6400.
These are some of the themes — still relevant today — that will be addressed during the world premiere of the original play, “Which Side Are You On: The Florence Reece Story,” April 15-17 and 22-24 at Pellissippi State Community College.
The play is written by Pellissippi State’s Writer-in-Residence Edward Francisco and is directed by Grechen Wingerter, assistant professor in Liberal Arts. It is a fictional retelling of the life of Florence Reece, an American social activist, poet and folksong writer.
The daughter and wife of coal miners, she penned the song “Which Side Are You On?” during the Harlan County War, a decade-long battle in the 1930s between coal miners and union organizers on one side and the coal companies, gun thugs and law enforcement officials on the other. The war included a series of strikes, skirmishes, bombings, executions and the occupation of Harlan County by both state and federal troops. Reece’s song became a social justice anthem after Pete Seeger recorded it in 1940.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets. Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. April 17 and 24.
“This will be a very different play than what people are used to because of the scope of it,” said Wingerter. “The play has a huge, epic scope over decades and follows multiple characters. Plus the content of the play itself is all about social change and workers’ rights. We’re pushing the play to the max.”
Wingerter sees parallels between the social activism of the Harlan County War’s battle between coal miners and coal companies as reflective of similar confrontations still happening today.
“Florence Reece and her husband, Sam, wanted life to be fairer and more equitable for everyone, not just coal miners. Her song has been used in social justice movements since it was written in the 1930s,” Wingerter said.
The ensemble cast of 27 includes a number of Pellissippi State students as well as local children, high school students and other community and professional actors. The style of directing, based upon Bertolt Brecht’s concept of “epic theatre,” will include unusual features for plays, such as image projections and actors in the audience.
“Which Side Are You On: The Florence Reece Story” is one of the events that make up The Arts at Pellissippi State, a series of cultural activities including music, theatre, international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts. The play also is part of this year’s Common Academic Experience, a shared reading experience that includes class curriculum and extracurricular activities and events. This year’s Common Book is “The United States of Appalachia” by Jeff Biggers.
Additionally, “Which Side Are You On” is sponsored by an Arts Builds Communities grant administered by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or email@example.com.